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Walrus Fest ft. Beer’d Brewing, Walrus + Carpenter, Games, Music + More

3 Jun

Hold tight onto those tusks, Walrus Fest is hitting Black Rock for the first time ever on June 26! This new festival brings together a restaurant, a brewery, vendors, charities, community groups, musicians, and more to celebrate not only the Black Rock Community but also the 3 year anniversary of Walrus + Carpenter. Just stop by the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Jetland Street in Black Rock from 1-6 and get your nom . . . and groove . . . on.

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Aspetuck Brew Lab Beer Preview: Expect Great Things for Their November Opening in Black Rock

19 Oct
Aspetuck Before and After

Before and after. The first shot is from our visit in July, while the second shot is from Peter this past Friday.

It’s fun to make friends in the beer world . . . because the beer world employs some of the coolest, down-to-earth, nicest peeps we’ve ever met. Case in point: Peter Cowles and Tara Kasaks Cowles from Aspetuck Brew Lab (see all the background details in our February post).

It all started with a casual conversation at Harbor Brew Fest 2014 where they were sampling some of their brews. After a little bit of talk about the CT beer scene, we learned about their plans to open up in Fairfield (plans would change when they found a Black Rock spot). Continue reading

Aspetuck Brew Lab Brewery + Taproom Coming to Black Rock, CT

24 Feb

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One of the best things to do during the summer in Connecticut is check out Harbor Brew Fest in Bridgeport. There are always a ton of beers that we’ve never tried before and sometimes you get tastes of local CT brews that are in the development stages. One such place that we discovered this summer was Aspetuck Brew Lab run by the husband and wife team of Peter Cowles and Tara Kasaks Cowles, at the time planning to open in Fairfield. Tara is the co-founder and COO, so she’ll be handling the sales, management, and some of the marketing for the brewery, while Peter (the other co-founder) is the CEO and Chief Beer Scientist. In terms of making beer, he’s no n00b, having taken in many awards and medals in national beer competitions and even seeing his Black IPA (Sir Blackheart) being chosen by Heartland Brewery as Best-in-Show with the honor of having his beer being poured out for an entire month at their NYC spots.

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10 “Q” Commandments with Notorious P.I.G. @ Walrus + Carpenter, Black Rock

4 Feb

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Ah’ight, so we admit we’ve been sittin’ on this post about Walrus + Carpenter for a while now (bad bloggers), but our experience, with Fairfield friends Rob and Lisa, chowing down on their Notorious P.I.G. platter (the mother of all BBQ platters that feeds four) was so EPIC we had to make sure we shared it. Since then Walrus + Carpenter picked up a talented new chef, Chef Jon Vaast from The Dressing Room which means we’re gotta get back there stat to see how things have gotten even better. The good news is, their creative menu has only gotten better including an amp’d up Notorious P.I.G., so we’re gonna break it down piece by piece for ya, starting with the “10 Q Commandments” in honor of the platter’s namesake (and one of our favorite rappers of course).

“The 10 Q Commandments”

We been eatin’ BBQ for years, it’s almost laughable

There’s rules to eatin’ it, we wrote you a manual

A step by step booklet so you can get

your grub on stat, make your bellies fat

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Taste of Black Rock 2015 ft. Local Restaurants, Wine + Beer from Harry’s

2 Feb

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The Burroughs Community Center in Black Rock is celebrating another year of bringing the community together via workshops, experiences, workshops, and gallery showings with the Taste of Black Rock annual party. This year, the party goes on from 7:30-10 pm on 2/7 right the Burroughs Community Center at 2470 Fairfield Avenue. Tickets cost $35 in advance or are $45 at the door. Your ticket will not only help to support the great work of this vital community center, but will also getcha:

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Go Old-school Italian (for Better or Worse) at Viale, Black Rock

9 Dec

Although we’ve always been obsessed with discovering and sharing great places to dine out in CT, back in 2006 (when we lived in Black Rock) we were just developing our professional eating and dining abilities. We’d check out the hottest spots in the area, and (of course) we’d also try out the newest restaurants. One such restaurant was Viale, which we saw being built, start to finish. Ever the intrepid explorers, we had a meal during the first few weeks of their opening. While we didn’t remember all the details of our first meal so many years ago, we do remember the meal to be decent, but no amazing.

Now, fast forward to a few weeks back when we were invited to come in and try Viale again. We were very interested to see if things were the same or if they’d improved, especially now that we have so many great places to compare it to.

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Black Rock Day 2014: Bed Races, 5K, a Parade, and Food…Lots of Food

4 Jun
Back...and better than ever!

Back…and better than ever!

On Monday we told you about the opening day of the Black Rock Farmers’ Market, so we couldn’t just skip talking about the ever-popular Black Rock Day…now could we? Pssh, of course not!  When we lived in Black Rock, this was THE event of the year:  the one that we looked forward to all year long.  One year we even got to be judges to see who put on the best themed party along the parade route.  Well, let’s just say we drank quite a few drinks and spent the rest of the day as incapacitated lumps on our couches.

Well, get ready because Black Rock Day is back this year and is going down this Sunday, June 8!  There are lots of different things going on, so get ready:

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Black Rock Farmers’ Market Sprouts up on Saturdays in CT

2 Jun
The Black Rock Farmers' Market opens this Saturday, 6/7

The Black Rock Farmers’ Market opens this Saturday, 6/7

Access to good, fresh, and healthy food shouldn’t be a privilege, affordable and available to only a select few.  Everyone, no matter where they live, should be able to get produce, meats, and products from local farms and producers.  Not only are these products fresher and fuller of nutrients and vitamins, they are also the solution to our preservative-heavy and pre-frozen society.  Plus, something we love is that by supporting local farmers and producers at these markets, you are supporting local and helping families to make dreams come true…not just helping a CEO afford another McMansion.

So, we’re very excited for Black Rock (that awesome spot between Bridgeport and Fairfield that we called home) because starting this Saturday (and until 10/25), they’ll have their own farmers’ market.  Yup, just come by 481 Brewster Street (right next to St. Ann Church) from 9 to 1 pm on Saturdays and you’ll be able to check out these great farms and products:

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Wine Dinner, Dogfish Tap Takeover + Two Roads Beer Dinner at Local Restaurants

4 Nov
Sam Calagione and OmNomCT

Oh, no biggie. Just OmNomCT hanging with THE Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. Check out his bitchin’ brews at the Plan B Doggy Style fundraiser.

This post about three great events happening this week covers just about everything in the world that makes us happy:

  1. Food
  2. Beer
  3. Wine
  4. Dogs

Well, let’s get to it, chop chop!

11/6

Bistro B Fall Is in the Air Wine Dinner in Bridgeport

Bistro B American Bistro & Wine Bar is a brand new restaurant in Bridgeport, though their roots aren’t so new.  That’s because Bistro B is the sister restaurant to the ever-popular Barnum Publick House.  Bistro B focuses on small plates and a shared dining experience over some great glasses of wine.  And, you can get a taste of this brand new restaurant on 11/6, starting at 7 pm, for just $50 plus tax and tip.  Here’s what you get:

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Music and NOLA Soul Food @ BlackRock Rocks Mardi Gras 2013

27 Jan

Update:  because of Winter Storm Nemo, this event has been postponed until April 6.  Check out the Pardi Gras new details here

N’awlins is calling, mon cherie!

N’awlins…in Black Rock, Connecticut, actually.  You know, that bustling place right between Fairfield and Bridgeport.  Black Rock is probably one of the strongest communities that we have ever seen.  They have so many great things going on to bring everybody together such as Black Rock Day (we were food party judges one year) and their fun Christmas time celebrations that bring out Santa on a fire truck.  You’ll also be really glad to know that there’s the 8th Annual BlackRock Rocks Mardi Gras party and fundraiser!  We’re talking 23 different bands at three different local spots, lots of drink specials, and NOLA soul food favorites such as gumbo, cornbread, and jambalaya.  Oui, oui.

Mardi Gras starts on 2/9 at noon and goes until last call…you need that much time to listen to all that music, no doubt…wow.  For admission to all venues and performances, adults pay just $25 for a wristband.  If you’d like to only pay $20, stop by Acoustic Café through 2/2.  12-20 year olds are welcome, too, and only cost $5 but after 8:30 you’ll need to drop them off with the baby sitter.  Kids 12 or younger enter for free.  While tickets aren’t really expensive when you consider how many great bands you’ll see, you’ll be very happy to know that your money will help to benefit Kids Empowered by Your Support.   K.E.Y.Sgives music instruction to underserved students who live in Bridgeport, CT.

Here are some other reasons to go:

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